Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy ruptured his right quadriceps tendon during the first padded practice of training camp Monday and will undergo season-ending surgery.
It was a huge blow for a guy who had signed a three-year, $18 million deal in free agency with the team this offseason.
McCoy was hurt during individual drills and was unable to put weight on his leg after he was examined by the team’s medical staff. Before ducking into the locker room, McCoy attempted to take some steps unassisted but could not. An MRI revealed the tear.
24 hours later and the team made the decision to cut him from the roster using an injury waiver on the quad that was built into his contract, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McCoy will retain his $3 million signing bonus but won’t see any additional money from Dallas.
On Tuesday, an upbeat McCoy shared video of himself preparing for surgery.
“I just want to say, I’m still smiling,” McCoy said. “To my teammates, coaches, y’all go and get it. Got a championship to go win.”